Mitigating Circumstances

The Mitigating Circumstances/Self-certification process is designed to assist students who have been affected by mitigating circumstances during their studies.

As of 2020/21, students are able to self-certify for a period of illness of five working days or less through the mitigating circumstances process. This will allow a maximum extension of five working days in which to submit the relevant affected component(s) of assessment. If you do not submit by the five working days extended deadline, you will be given a capped reassessment opportunity in the component unless you submit a subsequent successful claim for mitigating circumstances.

Regulations for academic year 2020/21 regarding mitigating circumstances/self-certification can be found under Section 12 Mitigating Circumstances Regulations .

Regulations for academic year 2021/22 can be found under Section 12 Mitigating Circumstances Regulations.

Please see the full information below.

Mitigating circumstances

On 7 January 2021, we wrote to you explaining that an automatic five-day extension would be applied to all coursework due to be submitted in the period 4 January 2021 and 21 February 2021.

As a result of the ongoing disruption caused by the pandemic, we are continuing with this approach from 8 March 2021 until 4 June 2021.

For any reason that is out of your control, you feel you require more than the automatically applied additional 5 days to submit an assignment, there are options to submit your assessment in the summer (defer) or to apply for more time, up to a maximum of 10 working days to submit (in addition to the 5 days automatically applied). Please ask your module leader about the impact of your extension and the maximum time permitted for your module if you need extra time.

All students have already received a five-day extension, but if you need it, you can request more time by applying for mitigation through the mitigating circumstances inbox by submitting a completed mitigating circumstances form. Due to the current situation, you do not need to provide documentary evidence to support your claim. We aim to reply to your application for mitigation within 5 working days.

When are the assessments and when will I get my results?

Confirmation of your progression status or degree award will be published Tuesday 20 July 2021 for October starters, and Wednesday 25 August 2021 for February starters.

Module Term Semester 2 and year long Term 2 (February starter)
Exam and Assessment period 17 May and 4 June 2021 25 July and 5 August 2021
Exam and assessment arrangements released Monday 26 April 2021* TBC
Your module results are published Thursday 1 July 2021 Wednesday 18 August 2021

*Your assessment arrangements will be published on Monday 26 April 2021 via Exam Track.

PG dissertation modules

For Semester 2 and year-long PG Dissertation modules and resubmissions from Semester 1 of 2020/21, the deadline for PG Dissertation submission is Monday 24 May 2021 at 3pm.

For the summer period of the current academic year and resubmissions from semester 2 or year-long 2020/21: the deadline for PG Dissertation submission is Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 3pm.

When are the reassessments and when will I get my results?

Module Term Semester 1 and 2, and year long Term 2 (February starter)
Exams and assessments 21 July - 5 August 2021 24 August - 31 August 2021
Resit coursework deadline Monday 2 August 2021 at 3pm Tuesday 31 August 2021 at 3pm
Your module results are published Thursday 26 August 2021 Friday 10 September 2021
Confirmation of your progression status or degree award is published Monday 13 September 2021 Thursday 16 September 2021

All results are published via Evision.

If you need any further information about your assessments or mitigating circumstances, please contact your School Office.


The Mitigating Circumstances/Self-certification procedures set down the process whereby unforeseen circumstances should be brought to the University’s attention, which have prevented a student from submitting an item of assessed work for the published deadline date or from attending an examination, practical, presentation, etc. Please note, self-certification only applies to coursework submissions.

If you believe you have a disability or long-term medical condition:

The Mitigating Circumstance Procedure is a retrospective process that solely considers unforeseen circumstances in respect of assessment deadlines that have passed. As such, this is not the correct procedure to use if you have a disability or a long-term medical condition (unless it has suddenly deteriorated) and wish to be considered for future assessment adjustments and support.

If you have a disability/long-term medical condition requiring adjustments or you would like to discuss your eligibility for support, please contact the Disabilities and Dyslexia Service (DDS). Adjustments can be put in place throughout the year. If you are already registered with the DDS but your circumstances have changed, please contact the DDS as soon as possible to ensure that the correct adjustments are in place for you.


The deadline for the submission of a claim for Mitigating Circumstances/Self -certification is two weeks from the published submission date of the component concerned or the date of the examination, practical, presentation, etc.

You are, however, encouraged to submit a claim as soon as practicable.

The Mitigating Circumstances/Self-certification form includes Introductory Notes that should be read fully before a claim is made.

Due to the current situation, you do not need to provide documentary evidence to support your claim, but you should provide full and factual reasons when completing your claim form.

Mitigating Circumstances Form-Introductory Notes 2020-21.docx

Mitigating Circumstances Form 2020-21.docx

Self-certification Form 2020-21.docx

Academic Quality and Student Administration in collaboration with the Students' Union have also developed comprehensive Student Guidance. This is intended to assist you in the completion and submission of your claim and offer helpful and practical guidance on the types of evidence required to support your claim.

Please note that a claim for Mitigating Circumstances may be submitted in relation to:

  • non-attendance at an examination, in-class test, presentation, practical;
  • non-submission of coursework;

Please note that a claim for Self-certification may be submitted in relation to:

  • non-submission of coursework

Please note that claims for impaired academic performance in an examination, presentation, class test, etc. are not permitted. If a student attends an assessment, submits a piece of coursework, etc., s/he is declaring that s/he is fit to take the assessment.

Mitigating Circumstances - Student Guidance 2020-21.docx


Submission of claims

To submit a Mitigating Circumstances/Self-certification claim, you must complete a Mitigating Circumstances/Self-certification form (Mitigating Circumstances Form 2020-21.docx, Mitigating Circumstances Form-Introductory Notes 2020-21.docx, Self-certification Form 2020-21.docx) and email it by the appropriate deadline to

Due to the current situation, you do not need to provide documentary evidence to support your claim, but you should provide full and factual reasons when completing your claim form.

Unless you are self-certifying, we will notify you when your mitigating circumstances outcomes are available to view. Mitigation outcomes are published on Evision. This will normally be within four weeks of the date that the University received your claim. If you have any queries in the meantime please contact the office via the email form on the bottom right of this page.

Self-certification claims will not receive notification of an outcome. Your claim for self-certification will be automatically accepted and you will be immediately granted a five working day extension in which to submit your work.  However, if you have already self-certified twice in an academic year, you will be informed that your self-certification claim cannot be considered and you will need to submit a mitigating circumstances claim.

If your claim for mitigating circumstances is accepted, you will be given the opportunity to be assessed at the next assessment point in the component concerned, and capping does not apply. If you need information regarding the submission date, please contact your Module Leader.

If a claim for mitigating circumstances is not accepted, then capping of the reassessment applies. (Where the rejected claim related to non-attendance at an examination or non-submission of coursework, a mark of zero is given for the original attempt, and the reassessment will be capped.)

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